Figures and Faces in Pastels | Paintings From Four Artists

Any artist who chooses the human figure as a subject must possess solid drawing skills. And no painting is a success that doesn’t feature dynamic composition and skilled handling of color, contrast and edges. But where the two are paired, where there is both technical proficiency and emotional power, that’s where paintings of a human subject have the power to move us unlike any other.

In this special gallery, view more portrait and figural work by four notable pastel artists—Alain Picard, Sydney McGinley, Ellen Eagle and Sam Goodsell—featured in Pastel Journal (October 2010).

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Alain Picard
www.picardstudio.com

Wonder (pastel) by Alain Picard

Wonder (pastel) by Alain Picard

 

Lulu (pastel) by Alain Picard

Lulu (pastel) by Alain Picard

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Ellen Eagle
www.elleneagleportraits.com

Miss Leonard (pastel) by Ellen Eagle

Miss Leonard (pastel) by Ellen Eagle

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Sam Goodsell
www.samgoodsell.com

Andrea (pastel) by Sam Goodsell

Andrea (pastel) by Sam Goodsell

 

Inner Dance (pastel) by Sam Goodsell

Inner Dance (pastel) by Sam Goodsell

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Sydney McGinley

Turkish Shawl (pastel) by Sydney McGinley

Turkish Shawl (pastel) by Sydney McGinley

White Dress #5 (pastel) by Sydney McGinley

White Dress #5 (pastel) by Sydney McGinley


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